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Posted on 09-12-2005 09:30 p.m. ET  reply

I just bought the new debian 3.1 sarge on dvd. I was assured it would be a much easier installation than the past. Wrong!!! After I installed it, it opened in terminal mode. I'm not a geek. I like GUI mode. Debian should have made it open up in GUI mode for people like me, like Ubuntu does. People like me don't know what to do when confronted with the terminal. Someone who's familiar with terminal mode can always get there from GUI mode. Could someone please tell me what to put in the command line to get to GUI, and what do I type in to make sure that debian doesn't start up in terminal mode ever again. Please don't respond to this in geek-speak. I'm quite pathetic in that area even though I've been using computers since 1970. The old IBM 360, using fortran and keypunch cards. Wow, did I just show my age, or what??? Thanks.

Posted on 09-15-2005 10:24 a.m. ET  reply

In order to start the GUI(hopefully X is configured properly by default) all you need to do is type in 'startx'. Getting it to start in graphical mode by default requires some geek speak tho. Basically as root you would want to edit the file '/etc/inittab' and set your default runlevel to 5(it may be different on debian). Hope this helps you some, debian is more of a power user linux(they assume you are already familiar with the basic concepts) unlike a Ubuntu or Fedora Core which handles all this dirty work for you during installation.


Posted on 09-20-2005 10:00 p.m. ET  reply

To Sean:
Thanks for the reply. I tried the 'startx' but nothing happened. I'll probably wait till the next meeting and see if some of the teachers like Scott, Jim, or Mike can come up with a solution. I reinstalled Ubuntu and will stick with that untill I can get a proper install of Debian 3.1 Sarge. Thanks again.

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